Thursday, November 10, 2011

The City That Never Sleeps

We have very much enjoyed our time in New York so far.  It is hard to believe that it has already been three weeks.  The weather was quite warm when we got here, and then it turned cold.  There was even a snowstorm! But now it is warm again!

Halloween was a fun day.  We traipsed around Manhattans's Upper West Side.  Kids were out trick-or-treating and the businesses along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue all had candy for them.  As it got later, the costumed children then went to houses.  Penny and I went to David and Louis's to help hand out candy.

This started out as a research visit to the New York Public Library.  But as I worked through archive and library catalogs on line, I realized that the sources in the Eastern United States for what started as a California history project are very extensive.  So Penny and I decided to move back east for a year and most likely two.  New York was the logical choice because the sources are in New York, Boston, and Washington.

So our five weeks here also became a prelude to the apartment search.  Penny has done a great deal of research on line, and so we arrived with a good base of knowledge.  It should work out well when we come back in late January.

I have been to the National Archives facility in New York, and also to the special collections of the New York Public Library.  Some success, and it helps to know where things are, what are the required protocols, and so on.

On November 11, we watched the Veterans Day Parade up Fifth Avenue.

And some pictures from our wanderings checking out neighborhoods:

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